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Jan 24, 2014 3:09 AM by Kathy Kuretich

Beloved Zoo to You tiger dies at 19

Before her eyes had even opened, David Jackson, Zoo to You Director, rescued Jasmine at just three weeks-old from a Seattle zoo that bred tigers illegally.
Shortly after, she made her television debut on the set of KSBY's Daybreak, almost 20 years ago.

Jasmine was first introduced to the Central Coast, and then the world as a conservation ambassador.

"I would venture to say that tiger touched the lives of 50 million people or more. From everything from the school programs she's done, she acted as the mascot for San Luis Obispo High School," said Jackson.

She also made countless television appearances with the famed Jack Hanna, had been on the Today Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She's been to the World Wildfund headquarters, National Geographic headquarters, and all along spread the word of compassion and respect for wildlife.

"She's probably the most traveled tiger for conservation that's ever lived," said Jackson.

Jackson raised Jasmine with his own children and has been with her all 19 years of her life. She was family, and he's proud of her accomplishments.

"She was so personable and so amazing around people. People who's lives have been touched by her. Their memories of her are astounding to look back and think of all the things she's been able to do. She was definitely one of a kind."

Two months ago, Jackson said Jasmine's health started to decline. They fought to get her well, and she fought too. But he said Jasmine let him know she was ready to go.

She died peacefully January 22nd.

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